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Women’s Club News

Eight women gathered on Sunday, June 30th to have lunch and discuss the book, All the Rivers, by Dorit Rabinyan. This book came out in 2017 and was based on a true story of an Israeli woman living in NYC for a year and a Palestinian man working as an artist in NYC. They fall in love and you can just imagine how their work, families, and politics influenced their relationship.

We discussed our feelings about the characters, did they love each other equally? We discussed the plot and how a sense of place and history can affect our view of others. We discussed the dramatic ending, could there have been an alternative ending or was the reality of history too strong? We agreed that a sense of place influenced all aspects of this narrative. Surprisingly, religion was not an issue at any time in the story. This book made the politics of the Middle East and Israel personal.

I want to thank Phyllis Sherman for running the book discussion for the Women’s Club. Phyllis has found terrific books for us to read and found critical articles related to the books to help us understand the author better. We appreciate all the work she does for us. Thank you, Phyllis.

Look at the TBE calendar coming out later in the summer for the next date for Women’s Club. Please join us.